Common Nasal Deformities
Learn More About What Brings Patients to Albany's Williams Center
While every nose is unique, there is a general look many people consider to be ideal: symmetrical, proportional, straight, and very natural in appearance. With that look in mind, men and women tend to come to the Williams Center Plastic Surgery Specialists to address one or more common nasal deformities. The Albany, NY, based Dr. Edwin Williams has the knowledge, experience, and eye to work with a range of problems, including those most frequently cited by patients as the reason for choosing nose surgery.
A nasal hump is an overly large or bulging bridge, which is made up of both bone and cartilage. Instead of the bridge making a straight line from the forehead to the tip, the nose features something like a speed bump in the road.
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As common nasal deformities go, a large nose alone may not be considered to be a problem—if all of the other facial features are similarly large and everything appears in proportion. If a nose seems overly large when compared to the eyes, ears, and mouth, however, a patient may want it to be smaller.
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Among the common nasal deformities, saddle nose is the one that creates a "scooped out" look—the opposite of a hump. This condition gets its name from the way it can make the nose resemble the concave seat of a leather saddle.
While many common nasal deformities involve the shape or size of the nose, a crooked nose is more about how the different parts line up. A bridge and tip that sit in a straight line are generally preferred. A nose may appear crooked due to congenital defects present since birth, or may be bent due to trauma, such as impact to the face. The problem frequently involves the nasal bones.
Crooked Tip/Nasal Base
In a related-but-different category from the crooked nose is a crooked nose tip, which typically refers to the cartilaginous lower two-thirds of the nose, from the septum to the nasal base. Rebuilding the nasal cartilage can help with this problem that can be both cosmetic and functional.
The nasal tip itself can exhibit any number of common nasal deformities, including appearing too narrow. When the nose does not maintain a uniform width, but tapers from top to bottom—whether from birth or more recent trauma—this is known as a pinched tip. A disproportionate tip can impact the look of the entire nose, which is why nasal tip reshaping or refining is a common surgery.
A drooping nose can have two components: A downturned tip is enough to give the nose this look, but a pronounced hump can make the "hang-down" appear even more dramatic.
A Combination of Problems
It is not uncommon for patients to have not just one, but multiple common nasal deformities, such as a large nose with a hump or a crooked nose and tip. Dr. Williams will assess each patient's nose to determine what surgeries may be required to give it clean lines and angles and bring it into proportion with the rest of the face.
Not every person is bothered by the common nasal deformities listed here. Some feel that a slight irregularity gives their face distinct character. Plastic surgery is about helping patients achieve the look they want, and there is no right or wrong way for a nose to look. The important thing is that you are happy with your nose.
If you're considering nose surgery for one or more common nasal deformities and want to consult with an experienced and modern Albany-area facial plastic surgeon, contact Dr. Edwin Williams at the Williams Center by calling 1-800-742-2797 or sending a message online today